Strobist Lighting 101

October 16, 2017

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Welcome to Lighting 101. You may not realize it yet, but you have just stepped through a door that may change your photography forever.

Over the past few years, over four million people from nearly every country in the world have begun their lighting education right here. And if they can do it, you can do it.

Photography is literally writing with light. As you read through Lighting 101 you’ll learn how to control every aspect of your electronic flash. If you can imagine it, you’ll be able to create it.

You’ll learn how to take the removable flash that you probably already have on the top of your camera and use it off-camera to make beautiful, more three-dimensional photos. Once you learn the basics of controlling light, you’ll quickly see that most lighting is intuitive, easy and fun.
The Good News: The Gear Doesn’t Cost Much

Basic lighting gear is also refreshingly inexpensive. If you have a camera, lens and flash you have already done the spendy part. The gear needed to take your light off-camera is very inexpensive compared to your camera, your flash or even a single lens.

You can even make a lot of light modifiers yourself for next to nothing. Believe it or not, the photo above was done with a homemade light modifier. Sam Simon covered the opening of a shoe box with some paper and stuck his flash in a hole in the back. How cool is that.

For the most part, it’s the location of the light that is most important. By getting your flash off-camera, your images become more three-dimensional, more textural and more professional looking. All of the photos on this page were made by Strobist readers—who very recently may well have been exactly where you are right now—working with small flashes.

READ STROBIST’S LIGHTING 101

Setting up Nikon’s Wireless Flash

Learn more about firing your flash off-camera using your built-in flash:

https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-trigger-an-off-camera-flash-with-the-pop-up-flash/

Here’s a link to the old TTL Two Speedlight Studio we put together on a budget. We’ll be putting together an updated kit in an upcoming class soon:

https://csuphoto.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/affordable-speedlite-studio-options/

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FREE CMA 1-year Membership for CSU Art and Design

October 9, 2017

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Cleveland State University has entered into a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art. As a perk, current CSU Art and Design majors are eligible to free one-year memberships to CMA.

Benefits include:

  • Free, unlimited admission to select CMA ticketed exhibitions
  • 50% off admission to ticketed events for members’ guests
  • Discounts to events and programs
  • Priority registration and discounts for art classes
  • 15% discount at the museum store
  • 10% discount at the museum restaurant and cafe
  • Flat rate parking ($6)
  • Invitations to members-only special exhibition Preview Days
  • Subscription to Cleveland Art members magazine
  • Research library privileges

To claim your free membership, visit Cleveland Museum of Art Membership Registration page.

Nikon D850: Just for Men?

September 16, 2017

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To promote a new camera, Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to try it out and tell their stories on the company’s website.

But Nikon couldn’t — or didn’t — find any women to participate. All 32 were men. Read more from the New York Times.

Evelyn Hockstein is vice-president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington, a non-profit created to promote the role of women in photojournalism, foster their professional success, and mentor emerging photographers. She has offered her services to identify female candidates for Nikon’s campaign. Read more from The Guardian.

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This has led some commentators to raise the inevitable question: When will the girl version be released? Read more on Fstoppers.com.

Cleveland Print Room Exhibition

September 2, 2017

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Cleveland Print Room
Laura Ruth Bidwell and Lissa Rivera Joint Exhibition
Opening: Friday, Sep 8, 5-9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, Sep 9, 4-5:30pm

Cleveland Print Room is excited to host a joint exhibition featuring the Cleveland debut of internationally-shown, NYC-based artist Lissa Rivera, and new work by Cleveland artist Laura Ruth Bidwell.

“Beautiful Boy,” the ongoing project of Lissa Rivera, focuses, as she writes, “on my domestic partner as muse, documenting our exploration of femininity and the nuances of photography as a transformative medium. I am using photography as a testing ground for my partner, who is genderqueer, to visualize multiple feminine identities. The photographs provide a canvas to investigate the visual language of womanhood that I was raised with, and that my partner is only beginning to explore. Through watching movies, listening to music and viewing countless photographs, I‘ve absorbed an archive of techniques to share. The photographs recall childhood fantasies of dressing up, tapping into deep-seated narratives about desire, beauty, freedom and cultural taboo. Although our emotional relationship is private and real, we perform a romanticism that is obsessive and decadent. The fantasy of dressing up transforms the experience of being photographed into one that fuses identity-creation with image-creation.” Rivera is represented by ClampArt. For further information on Lissa Rivera, see http://www.lissarivera.com/

About her new work for this exhibition, from her Gratiot series, Laura Ruth Bidwell states, “GRATIOT is a name. A place. A state of mind. Gratiot is a photographic project based on the fictional lives of Charles and Victoire Chouteau Gratiot, immortals who have navigated and thrived by night, across three centuries.” For further information on Laura Ruth Bidwell, see  http://www.laurabidwell.com/

Please join us for the opening this September. The exhibition runs from September 8 to November 4.

 

 

Back Button Auto Focus

August 16, 2017

 

How to set for different camera makes:
http://blog.creativelive.com/back-button-focus-use-and-setup/

 

PHOTONOW: AAWR Juried Photography Exhibition

June 19, 2017

 

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Gabriel Gonzalez, Untitled Beauty, Black & white photograph, Best Black and White PHOTONOW 2015

 

PHOTONOW 2017
ARTIST ARCHIVES OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
DEADLINE: JULY 1ST, 2017

The DEADLINE for submission for PHOTONOW 2017, AAWR’s prestigious biennial photography exhibition, is FAST APPROACHING! SATURDAY JULY 1ST, 2017. This juried competition will be held in the beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East of Cuyahoga Community College’s eastern campus.

Cash awards will be presented in four categories:  Best in Show, Best Color, Best Black & White and People’s Choice which will be based on a popular vote taken during the opening reception on Thursday, September 7th. 6:00 – 8:30pm.

Entries must be submitted online via Smarter Entry at https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr. Entrants may download a PDF of this prospectus HERE. For more information visit www.artistsarchives.org. Show Dates: 9/7/17 – 10/12/17 Image: Gabriel Gonzalez, Untitled Beauty, Black & white photograph, Best Black and White PHOTONOW 2015.

The work will be Judged by Aline Smithson who has had a career as a New York Fashion Editor and is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe.  She has been published throughout the world and continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

Download the prospectus here: prospectus 2017 photonow

Photographer’s Forum Contest

May 17, 2017

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Click image above for more information, and to submit your work.

Jonny Lyons at Cleveland Print Room

May 15, 2017

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Jonny Lyons: (Here Come) The Goloshans
Opening Reception: Friday, May 19, 5-8pm
Cleveland Print Room
2550 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Visit the Facebook event page.

Come meet AIRconnect, international artist-in-residence, Jonny Lyons from Glasgow, Scotland and see what he has created during his stay in Cleveland. His work is a direct response from Lyons time in Cleveland, people he has met through street photography, walking the streets and the stories they have shared together. From this sculptural work, he has created and staged short performances within the Cleveland landscape documented with analogue photography.

He has worked at Cleveland Print Room, Zygote Press and Praxis.

Jonny’s practice explores the fragility of friendship and adventure through performances documented by photography and film. He often creates ingenious devices, or functioning sculptures, to execute his ‘hand-crafted mischief’ which are presented – having fulfilled their one purpose – as relics of the event, together with the photographic evidence. But the photographs are not simply documentation of a sequence of anarchic events. They fix the moment between ’cause’ and ‘effect’ and are imbued with wit, melancholy and the physical humour of early silent cinema. In carrying out these processes, collaborations and journeys Lyons attempts to reconcile reckless youth with the pressures of adulthood; these are snap-shots of ‘Lost Boys’ putting their most dangerous, outlandish ideas into practice and – one feels, with some luck – getting away with it.

Special thanks to the Ohio Arts Council for funding this pilot program that not only brings an artist from Scotland to Cleveland but also sends an Ohio artist to Dundee, Scotland for 6-weeks to work at Dundee Contemporary Arts in their amazing print shop. This May, artist Anna Tararova will head to Scotland. This program was also funded through our CPR FOTO BRUNCH fundraiser in Fall 2016. Thanks to all who attended.

Photorama Camera Show and Sale

May 6, 2017

 Photorama USA Camera Show and Sale  ~

 Sunday May 21st , 2017  ~

Cleveland  Richfield 
Camera Show and Sale
Days Inn & Suites Richfield
4742 Brecksville Rd , Richfield, OH 44286 
330-659-6151
OPEN TO PUBLIC 10-3pm
Admission $6/5 With Ad Students $2.00 w/ID
Photorama USA is coming to your town.

We have dealers from around the country selling new and used cameras – both digital and film. We have accessories, lenses, filters, film, medium and large format cameras. There is something for everyone in every price range.

Sign up for the mailing list and get in for $5 with coupon.

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Call for Entries: Summit Art Space – Photography Now

May 5, 2017

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CALL FOR ARTISTS
PHOTOGRAPHY NOW – The Art of Seeing

Deadline:  midnight May 12, 2017

Show runs July 14 – August 19, 2017

Click here to apply online.

Photography – “the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor),” is a broad field, and, in the upcoming PHOTOGRAPHY NOW – THE ART OF SEEING juried exhibition, Summit Artspace seeks to explore the range of that field. Regional photographic artists who work with film and use traditional darkroom techniques, those whose images are recorded digitally and processed on a computer, and those who push the boundaries of the medium in new directions, are all invited to enter. The only exception is that instant photography cannot be accepted, due to a concurrent exhibition which focuses on that medium.

Works from traditional to experimental and from representational to abstract are equally welcome, as are images presented on paper, transparency, through projection, or in some other format. What will unify this exhibition is that each selected work will represent the intersection of personal creativity and engagement with some form of photographic technology in order to explore the art of seeing at this moment in time, whether the gaze is turned outward or inward.

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to artists residing in or attending school in the following Ohio counties: Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Stark and Portage. Unfortunately, if you do not live in or attend school in one of these counties, we are unable to consider your work.

Deadline for Entry: Friday, May 12, 2017, by midnight.

ENTRY FEE: $15